The ever-expanding city of Townsville had spilled into what is now called Thuringowa, a growing urban center bustling with activities and businesses. The city is surrounded by beaches, rivers and rainforest pockets, making it a holiday makers' paradise. The city with its natural beauty and infectious energy could easily lure a tourist to stay on and explore its resources. One of those temptations is the Big Crystal Creek near the Paluma range, a major tourist attraction in Thuringowa
Big Crystal Creek lies two kilometers north of the Paluma turn off, along the Paluma Range Highway. One of the places to visit while in Thuringowa for tourists and an ideal getaway for the local residents, it has a large deep swimming hole, where you could swim in the crystal clear water amidst the pristine beauty of nature.
To camp in the midst of nature, you need to book your site in advance and pay the required fees. Be careful though, because lighting a fire is not allowed in the area. Fishing is a hobby pursued by many in the Big Crystal Creek, though you should be careful in the crocodile country.
An ideal place to spend a lazy day at the Paluma Range, it also provides facilities for camping. The area is well endowed with all the amenities, and provides tent and van sites, gas barbecues and toilets. The toilets are all wheelchair accessible. Shelter shades and picnic tables are also provided along with drinking water. You could also take a cold shower after a swimming session in the creek. The permits for camping are available from the Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service
You could go for a picnic with your family at the Big Crystal Creek in Thuringowa. If you are lucky you could find a goanna roaming around the ground searching for scraps of food. Be careful though to seal your food properly, as human food could be detrimental to their health. Visit the Little Crystal Creek just by the Big Crystal Creek and enjoy a cool dip to escape the summer heat.
The climate is mild and the area receives rainfall from moisture laden air from the sea. A perfect place to shrug off the work week blues, and also to let your hair down while vacationing in Thuringowa.
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